Conservatives bristle at the characterization of the GOP as being a safe haven for racists, and will often times point out that many Democrats including some very senior and influencial Democrats such as Robert Byrd were themselves racists. Meanwhile Democrats and progressives grumble about what seems to be an obvious observation to them: that the GOP opposes Obama policies reflexively because a good part of their motivation is to undermine the first minority president of the country simply because he is black.
And then GOPer just comes out and says it:
"Doctors from across the state gathered in Columbia today to collectively lobby legislators to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act.
White Coat Day was organized by the South Carolina Hospital Association and aimed to equip doctors to engage with their representatives and push for the state to accept federal money and expand the health program for lower income people.
About 75 doctors from across the state attended a meeting at the Statehouse.
Rep. Kris Crawford, a Republican from Florence and also an emergency room doctor, supports the expansion but expects the Republican caucus to vote as a block against the Medicaid expansion.
“The politics are going to overwhelm the policy. It is good politics to oppose the black guy in the White House right now, especially for the Republican Party,” Crawford said.
He encouraged the doctors to advocate the use of the budget to accomplish expansion of Medicaid, rather than passing additional laws."